Travelers can experience the bird and bat habitats, learn about fly-fishing and more in the great outdoors at the 16th Annual Mohican Wildlife Weekend, April 28-30. The celebration of wildlife habitat, heritage and natural history takes place at nine different sites in Ashland, Richland and Crawford Counties.
The 2017 Mohican Wildlife Weekend theme, Ohio’s Pollinators, is especially timely and is supported by various local environmental educational groups seeking to raise awareness about the importance of bees – especially honeybees -- to the health and vibrancy of our food system. The unsung heroes behind most of the world’s produce supply, bees and other pollinators, such as bats and birds, are integral to growing and sustaining at least one third of global crop production. Beyond Mohican Wildlife Weekend, efforts to increase awareness include placing informative signage in area grocery store produce sections highlighting the importance of pollinators to food production. More information will be available at the workshops during the event.
Offerings include birding boat tours, photographing birds, nature crafts, wagon tours, bat and owl demonstrations, fly fishing demonstrations and much more. Registration is not required; however, some programs have limited space and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets must be purchased for the birding boat tours.
Visitors are invited to attend the Welcome Reception, Friday, April 28, 6-7 p.m. at Mohican Outdoor School. The featured speaker will be Denise Ellsworth, Program Director, Honeybee and Native Pollinator Education, Ohio State Department of Entomology. Ellsworth will discuss gardening for pollinators.
Program sites include: Gorman Nature Center, Malabar Farm State Park, Mohican State Park & Lodge, Wolf Creek Grist Mill, Ohio Bird Sanctuary, Mohican Outdoor School, Pleasant Hill Lake Park, Charles Mill Lake Park and Lowe-Volk Nature Center. Participating organizations include:
- Environmental Education Council of Ohio
- Mohican Trails Club
- Mohican Fly Fishermen
Additional information is available at mohicanwildlifeweekend.com. *For event updates and alerts, text MOHICANWILD to 888777. (Standard messaging rates apply)
Lodging and visitor information is available via:
- VisitAshlandOhio.com or (877) 581-2345
- DiscoverMohican.com or (877) 266-4422
- DestinationManfield.com or (800) 642-8282